Frampton Comes Alive!

Frampton Comes Alive! Recorded live in San Francisco (where I am today), in 1975, the album brought Peter Frampton instant fame. The songs Show me the way and Do you feel like I do featured his use of the talk box guitar effect.

Although born in England, Frampton decided to become a US citizen after the 9/11 attacks (coincidentally, so did I). Frampton’s career suffered several set backs, once with a near fatal car crash in 1978, and a couple of years later when a cargo plane crashed destroying all his guitars including the black Les Paul custom that is featured on the cover of his Frampton Comes Alive album.

Here he is, with Baby I love your way

“Shadows grow so long before my eyes

And they’re moving across the page

Suddenly the day turns into night

Far away from the city”

For #MusicFriday , a fine tradition started by Tom Lee !

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31 Responses to Frampton Comes Alive!

  1. Saw him in concert in the late 1970s, with the Steve Miller Band. Great show. Thanks for the memory. 🙂

  2. Rajini Rao says:

    Lucky you, Lorraine Hopping Egan ! I would have behaved like those girls in the front (at 3:30) 🙂

  3. Thanks Rajini Rao am going to listen to Frampton on the way to office…so you know that I am rocking all the way there..have a fantastic evening and a rocking weekend too…will be traveling again to will “wave” from there …smiling

  4. Rajini Rao says:

    Have an awesome time in India, Kershaw Rustomji , and post pictures of your trip (I remember the tea shop fare and street side book shops from last time) 🙂

  5. Jim Tipping says:

    Hey, thanks for the Frampton info. I didn’t know all that history.

  6. Rajini Rao Yes wont miss out the book shops and my special places to have a chai and wonder about the things that pass by…

  7. josem mo says:

    And I like Frampton’s website very much, very artistic.

  8. Rajini Rao says:

    jose montarig , thanks to you, I checked out the site (agree, it is cool!) and was amazed to find this on their news page:Peter Frampton’s long-lost guitar was recently discovered after its disappearance in a plane crash 32 years ago. In 1980, a cargo plane carrying Frampton’s equipment for an upcoming show in Panama crashed, supposedly destroying all of the instruments on board including Frampton’s cherished 1954 Gibson Les Paul. Thanks to the unyielding work of two dedicated fans, one in Holland and one on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, as well as the CEO of the Curaçao Tourist Board, Frampton was reunited with the guitar in an emotional meeting last month in Nashville, TN.

    For a picture:

  9. josem mo says:

    Yeah it’s really amazing story.

    (I reload that website’s Home-page many times to enjoy cool animation and its background music.)

  10. Frampton – my first “real” rock concert! LOVED him. Had the Live album, posters on my wall…the whole bit. Thanks for this memory! 🙂

  11. Todd Settimo says:

    Thanks for this! It really takes me back.

  12. Tom Lee says:

    Rajini Rao Frampton is one of my most favorite rockers. Baby I Love your way …love it! Have a nice time in San Francisco. I hope the weather will treat you better tomorrow heading back to Maryland!.

    Haven’t seen this video, btw.

  13. Rajini Rao says:

    Rainy, chilly weather doesn’t matter when one is sipping a tropical rum and mango cocktail named Madras Madness 😉 Tom Lee

  14. Tom Lee says:

    Have a couple drinks, will help a good sleep. Rajini Rao

  15. Rajini Rao says:

    One does the trick, Tom Lee ! Asians don’t express much alcohol dehydrogenase. Plus, my total ECF volume (extracellular fluid) is small so percentage increase in C2H5OH is large. How is that for a scientific rationale? 🙂

  16. Tom Lee says:

    Like you, I can’t tolerate alcohol much. A couple of drinks will get me dizzy. Alcohol does not help me as far as getting a good sleep, exercise/work out does help. May be you can do downstairs run on the thread mill? LOL

  17. Rajini Rao says:

    I’m too lazy. I’ll just listen to Frampton and have sweet dreams 🙂

  18. Thanks Rajini Rao a lovely live version of that song. I must confess to have been a Frampton virgin until now. I thought the original version of this was a reggae cover. Please excuse my ignorance due to this being slightly before my time.

    I shall remedy things immediately and check out the album this comes from.

  19. Al Risden says:

    Some friends and I went to see him in Charleston, SC in 1977. We drove from our base in a rental car to see the concert. This may have been the same tour. Thanks for the post.

  20. Tom Lee says:

    Not to make you feel missing but I was at his concert quite a few years ago ( with my uncle of course) when he still had all the looong hair and unbutton shirt. That was great even I was still a kid at the time.

  21. Rajini Rao says:

    Too bad that the blonde curls have gone, Tom Lee , although he does still look pretty good for his age! I read somewhere that he regretted going shirtless for the Rolling Stone cover because it immediately made him a teen idol and less credible as a musician. I would have loved to have gone to this concert..did you see the young girls in the front?

  22. Tom Lee says:

    He made a mistake for sure going shirtless for the teenage audience, listening to his record label and manager’s advise. I went to the concert where he was the main act. War and Tower of Power opened the act prior to him.

  23. Rajini Rao says:

    Very cool 🙂 As you may have guessed, I had a rather sheltered upbringing so I missed even those concerts that played in India. Even today, I would choose the prudent route and watch at home rather than brave big crowds. Does that make sense? I can imagine it’s a great experience, though!

  24. Tom Lee says:

    Surprisingly the people at that concert were not necessarily the teenage girls. They were mostly young people as I can remember. It was a good experience as I was in a standing only concert in a stadium and were kinda close to the stage. If you’ve been to a live stadium concert the sound system are very powerful. The live sound are great, even though sometimes can be deafening. The sound are still with you in your head the next day after the concert. But the live sound is a good experience.

  25. Rajini Rao says:

    Haha, sound is still with you the next day 🙂 There is a medically recognized concert induced deafness!

  26. Diane Balch says:

    I was just telling my kids about how, everyone, owned Frampton Live when I was a teenager.

  27. Rajini Rao says:

    One of my favorite albums from my college years, Diane Balch !

  28. Chad Haney says:

    Happy birthday Rajini Rao I think we forgot to post some Peter Frampton for you.

  29. Rajini Rao says:

    Oooh, takes me right back to my college years ! Thanks for getting this back into my stream ♥

  30. Chad Haney says:

    I found more, hehe.

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